Numerous locals have pointed out their disappointment that the monkey puzzle tree visible on the walk between Loch Mor Avenue and the football field was blown down during the recent storm. The tree estimated to be around 200 years old was a native of either Chile or Argentina and was planted when the Leslie’s had an estate on the outskirts of Ballybay. While the tree is the hardiest species of conifer on the planet its large crown proved to be too heavy and when the recent high winds caught the crown the tree snapped about a metre from the ground. The tree will be sadly missed by the many locals who saw it on their daily walk on the Avenue Road.